Waikanae Beach is very popular and is located only one kilometre from the centre of Gisborne City. There is a motor camp directly behind the beach. Waikanae Beach is home to the Gisborne Waikanae Wainui Surf Life Saving Club. Waikanae Beach is popular for many activities and is reasonably safe and swimmers should swim between the flags. The beach is patrolled during weekends over summer and school holidays by professional Lifeguards.
Activities and facilities
- Dog walking
- Shell fish gathering
- Wind/kite surfing
- Car parking
- Changing facilities
- Food and beverage kiosk
- Public toilets
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Safety at Waikanae
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Stay safe - swim beween the flags.
Waikanae Beach is NOT CURRENTLY patrolled by Surf Lifeguards in Winter months. In an emergency call 111 and ask for Police assistance. Surf Lifeguard patrols will resume in November 2021.
4 simple rules to keep you safe
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The Water Safety Code:
- Be prepared
- Watch out for yourself and others
- Be aware of the dangers
- Know your limits
Waikanae Beach is located 1300 metres north of Midway Surf Life Saving Club and 200 metres south of the port of Gisborne. The beach is golden sand with pine trees dotted along the foreshore. The beach faces directly south and is sheltered by the breakwater to the north and Young Nicks Head to the south. Waikanae Beach gets southerly swells and is usually about .5 metres in size. There is a motor camp located directly behind the Surf Life Saving Club that gets full during the summer holiday period.
Sorry, we have no public transport information available for this beach.
Beach Water Quality
Many councils provide the results of their weekly monitoring. This lets people know what the most recent bacteria levels were. Remember, even sites with low risk can be unsuitable to swim at from time to time and we recommend that you avoid swimming for 48 hours after heavy rainfall.